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A new study by Oregon State University describes how farmers can integrate the samurai wasp as part of an overall pest management strategy for controlling the brown marmorated stinkbug.

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife may have a pronghorn antelope management plan ready for public review by late fall or winter. Ranchers are wary of over population affecting fenc…

Cosmic Crisp, Washington State University’s new apple variety, will be sold for the first time in grocery stores in December and will also be offered in fresh-sliced snack packages by Crunch P…

A wildfire the burned most of a state wildlife area but did minimal agricultural damage was four times larger than once reported.

Irrigation districts and individual farmers who get water directly from rivers and are junior water right holders are planning for less water this summer. It shouldn’t be as bad as the drought…

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A wildfire threatened several villages and burned 5,000 acres of state-owned sagebrush and grass in southern Grant County, Wash., before being largely contained Tuesday night.

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A new, post-Brexit trade agreement between the U.S. and the United Kingdom could lower tariffs on U.S. hops and apples into the UK, a UK consul says.

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California may have lost 30 to 40% of its cherry crop from rain in the last week, tightening supply for Memorial Day sales but still with nice cherries to come before an approximate June 18 finish.

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A 20% tariff on U.S. apples into Mexico has ended probably boosting sales for the last three months of this season and help new crop sales starting this fall.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife wants public comment to develop a plan to manage pronghorn antelope reintroduced to Eastern Washington by Indian tribes in recent years.

Regarding the May 3, 2019, print edition story: GMO Arctic Fuji gains final U.S. approval. Packaging now includes information on the biotechnology.

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U.S. apples, pears and cherries are not hit by China’s latest round of tariffs. Economist says President Trump needs allies to fight China.

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Wholesale apple prices in Washington are heading up slightly after months of being flat. Shipping pace is on schedule but exports are down.

A record almond crop is forecast in California for the second year in a row. Most of it will not be affected by China’s latest tariffs.

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PORTLAND — Research into the health benefits of berries is intended to give sales a shot in the arm, but experts say food companies should avoid overzealous claims.

A longtime Quincy, Wash., agricultural family is opening a new public market and community gathering spot with a restaurant, pub, brewery, bakery, coffee roaster and produce, meat and fish market.

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Blueberries, hops, apples and hay increased in acreage in the Pacific Northwest while wheat and potatoes dropped a bit in the 2017 Ag Census compared with five years earlier.

The National Council of Agricultural Employers wants U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta to change how minimum wages are calculated for foreign guestworkers so huge increases don’t continue …

Some 4,500 acres of farms and residences in East Wenatchee, Wash., were without irrigation water for four days during a critical time of year for thinning and other sprays.

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California is starting to pick what might be a record large crop of sweet cherries. The Northwest could also have a big crop. Both regions look late. Weather is a factor in how late and crop size.

The federal government has resumed notifying employers if they have employees whose names or social security numbers don’t match records. It could result in more employment eligibility verific…

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Automated apple pickers lead the way as orchardists seek to alleviate labor shortages

USDA has announced website features to help small growers with H-2A applications and farm loans but broader H-2A rule changes are yet to come from U.S. Department of Labor.

Crop projections several years out are seen as beneficial by the Washington Apple Commission which will ask the Washington State Tree Fruit Association to consider picking up the task.

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Tariffs impeding apple exports are discouraging to the Washington apple industry, but India appears to be bowing to U.S. pressure to negotiate improved trade relations.

Seven members of Washington’s apple industry talked to legislators about issues at the U.S. Capitol at part of U.S. Apple Association’s Young Apple Leaders program.

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Growers are left dealing with higher labor costs and trying to get the U.S. Department of Labor to change its ways after a judge refuses to pull agricultural foreign guestworker minimum wages …

More than 90 apple growers from several states lobbied legislative offices for quick passage of USMCA which, they say, is crucial to keeping robust apple exports to Mexico and Canada.

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Agritourism activities currently allowed on Oregon wineries and cideries would be extended to on-farm breweries under a bill approved unanimously by the Senate on March 12.

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Southcentral Washington ranchers feel its unfair for the state to terminate grazing and farming leases early to lease land to solar farms. A bill aimed at restricting that is struggling in the…

It’s the time of year that shortening supply, particularly on a small crop, causes Washington apple prices to begin increasing. So far that’s not happening largely because of a big drop in exp…

Washington state’s congressional delegation wants the U.S. to push for better apple access to Japan when trade negotiations start soon. Washington produces about 67 percent of U.S. apples and …

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OLYMPIA — The Senate Ways and Means Committee has endorsed new fees for Washington farmers who hire H-2A foreign guestworkers, passing a bill that has drawn more vocal opposition from agricult…